Science

Our Team

Dr Ness (PT)

Biology Chemistry Physics

Mrs Shaikh Mrs Holmes (& Lab Science) Mr Smith

Miss Rae (& Psychology) Mr Imrie Mr McNeill (Eng Science )

Mrs Williamson (Maternity Leave) Miss Stevens

Mr Barclay Miss Cummings

Mr Robb

Junior Phase (S1-S3)

In S1 and S2, pupils follow a general Science course which has aspects of each of the main scientific disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

At the end of S2, pupils will be recommended which science courses to continue with in S3. The skills they learn at this stage will give most pupils the option to pursue any of the senior courses

S1

General Information

Pupils have 4 timetabled periods of Science per week in S1.

For 3 of these periods, pupils will focus on the core topics (outlined below) and for the other period, they will focus on problem solving skills *******CHECK THIS (you will find the numeracy booklet on the Maths faculty page helpful with this).*******

Core Topics Taught

Electricity Green Machines Matter

Forces Acids & Alkalis Cells & Reproduction

Homework

There are two core homework assignments per topic. In addition, pupils are expected to review their notes regularly and may also be asked to complete tasks not finished in class.

Assessment

There is an assessment at the end of each topic.

Equipment

Please come to Science prepared - this includes having your jotter, a pen, pencil, rubber, ruler and calculator. Scissors, glue and colouring pencils will be provided.

S2

General Information:

Pupils have 4 timetabled periods of Science per week in S2.

For 3 of these periods, pupils will focus on the core topics (outlined below) and for the other period, they will focus on problem solving skills (you will find the numeracy booklet on the maths faculty page helpful with this).

Core Topics Taught

Elements Might Microbes Waves

Materials Staying Alive Energy

Homework

There are two core homework assignments per topic. In addition, pupils are expected to review their notes regularly and may also be asked to complete tasks not finished in class.

Assessment

There is an assessment at the end of each topic.

Equipment

Please come to Science prepared - this includes having your jotter, a pen, pencil, rubber, ruler and calculator. Scissors, glue and colouring pencils will be provided.

Senior Phase (S4-S6)

Pupils will work through the National Qualifications courses in one or more of the disciplines below:

National 5 Physics

Course Rationale

National 5 Physics is a one-year course aimed at developing the concepts and skills taught lower down in the school. It is designed to pupils who have passed National 4 Physics or who are Secure in their understanding of Level 4 Science. National 5 Physics is an entry requirement for Higher Physics as well as for other areas of study or training.

Course Assessment

The course is assessed in three parts (below) and the award takes the form of a grade based on the score achieved:

  • A multiple choice paper worth 20% of the total.

  • A written paper worth 60% of the total.

  • A formal written assignment worth 20% of the total.

The two papers together make up the exam which is completed in one sitting. The assignment is sat separately under exam conditions but as part of the school calendar. All parts are externally marked.

Course Structure

Presentation for the above assessments is dependent on successful completion of all of the following three units:

  • Electricity and Energy

  • Waves and Radiations

  • Dynamics and Space

Passing the units depends on a pupil demonstrating that they have met the requires standard in the following areas:

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of physics by making statements, describing information, providing explanations and integrating knowledge.

  • Applying knowledge of physics to new situations, interpreting information and solving problems.

  • Planning or designing experiments/practical investigations to test given hypotheses or to illustrate particular effects, applying safety measures.

  • Selecting information and presenting information appropriately in a variety of forms.

  • Processing information (using calculations and units, where appropriate).

  • Making predictions based on evidence/information.

  • Drawing valid conclusions and giving explanations supported by evidence/justification.

  • Identifying a source of uncertainty and suggesting an improvement to an experiment/practical investigation

Higher Physics

Hazlehead are running the CfE Higher course.

It is taught over one year and comprises of the following units:

  • Our Dynamic Universe;

  • Particles and Waves;

  • Electricity (1/2 Unit);

Each of these units is assessed on the basis of practical skill, knowledge and understanding.

  • Researching Physics (1/2 Unit).

This unit is assessed purely on practical skills.

The Assessment for this course is in the form of a research project (assignment) report and a two-part exam paper. All are externally assessed and the marks are allocated as follows:

  • Section 1 (Multiple Choice): 20 %

  • Section 2 (Extended Answer): 60 %

  • Assignment: 20 %

There is a homework expectation of one hour per week in addition to any research being under taken. Students at this level are expected to be mature enough to keep their notes up to date on an on-going basis.